Category Archives: Summer

Authentique Felicity Zig Zag Folio Tutorial

Authentique Felicity Zig Zag Folio Tutorial

Hello, Friends!  Are you having a great summer?  It’s been super busy here in Kathy World.  But I did manage to steal a play day last week.  I’ve had this idea for a new folio design rolling around in my head.  It just would not leave me alone, so I had to get it made.  This Authentique Zig Zag Folio Tutorial is the fruit of my playtime.  Filled with gorgeous summer colors and images, it also has a really cool sloped edge design.

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This 4″ x 7″ folio has a cardstock base that is made with a few simple folds.  It looks more complicated to make than it is.  I think once you make one of these, you’ll want to make bunches of them in different themes.  One cool feature is that you can actually open it out and stand it up for display.  Wouldn’t that be fun done in a Christmas theme?

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The belly band closure is decorated with Really Reasonable Ribbon , Little Birdie Flowers, some Prima Embellies and a novelty button from my stash.  I stitched designer paper to cardstock to form the belly band.  Velcro dots hold it closed.

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This tag rests on the front cover and is held in place by the belly band.  The illustration on the cover is actually a little 3.25″ x 4.25″ trifold photo wallet.  For me, these folios are all about the interactive elements!

 

Authentique Felicity Zig Zag Folio Tutorial: A Peek Inside

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I designed the folio so that both sides can be used.  This gives you a total of 10 panels with lots of options for flaps, pocket, tips ins and photo display.

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This is just the 3 middle panels on the reverse side.  As you can see, I managed to fit in a a waterfall feature.  That makes lots of room for photos!

Authentique Felicity Zig Zag Folio Tutorial on YouTube

Because I thought you might want to try to make one of these little dittys, I created a tutorial showing you how to build the base, create the sloped edge, and add the pockets and flaps.  You’ll see a video tour of the folio first.  I hope you enjoy.

I thought about calling this a ski slope folio, or a shaped edge folio…but in the end I settled on zig zag because of the way it looks when folded.  If you have a better idea for a name, please let me know!

I hope I shared some tips and tricks that you can use in your own crafty adventures.  If so, I’d love to hear from you in the comment section below.

Thanks for stopping by!

Cheerio,

kathy

Authentique Felicity Zig Zag Folio Tutorial Supply List

Authentique Paper

  • Felicity 12×12 Collection Kit  (retired, but you can find it HERE.)
  • Spectrum Cardstock Lemondrop/Robin’s Egg

Other

 

Authentique Cheerful Summer Picnic Folio Project Share

Authentique Cheerful Summer Picnic Folio Project Share

Hello, Ribbon Lovers!  I got it in my head to create a new style of folio the other day, and I’m so excited to share it with you here.  This Authentique Cheerful Summer Picnic Folio is the perfect place to showcase your family reunion photos, vacation photos or just everyday summer fun photos.

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The base of this 6.75″ x 7.25″ folio is made with 12″ x 18″ black cardstock.  I’ve layered it up with vibrant papers from Authentique’s “Cheerful” Collection Kit.   Really Reasonable Ribbon 5/8″ Black Plaid Ribbon lends a country chic vibe to these cheery papers.

These black vintage buttons make me so happy!  I found them last summer while vacationing in Maine.  As we were driving along the back roads, we spotted an old fashioned flea market.  You know the kind where they set up plywood on top of sawhorses in an old dirt lot.  Those are always the best!  I found 3 antique canning jars filled to the brim with vintage buttons for $5 apiece!  You can bet that I snatched those buttons up in a hot minute, then did my happy dance all the way to the car!

The images in this collection are so very sweet.  This small sticker image could easily have disappeared  in the design of this large folio cover.  That’s why I framed it with this altered chipboard frame and filled it with Prills.

Authentique Cheerful Summer Picnic Folio: A peek inside

The interior of this folio is so much fun!

I figured out how to add a 4.25″ x 6.25″ pull out page on the top half.   This has a ribbon tie closure, as well as magnets between the cover pages to help keep it closed.

Then I built a box style pocket on the bottom half of the folio.  The base is Graphic 45’s Alpha Banner Tags.  To cover the tags, I used my Graphic 45 Regular Tag and Gears Die.  I am in love with these new dies and can’t seem to stop using them!

The tags are topped with more plaid ribbon and prettied up with this Sheer Red Cherry Print OrganzaBlack Burlap String makes everything pop.

I used my table scraps to create this little gift card wallet.  Red vintage buttons on a vintage button card make a sweet tuck in surprise.

Authentique Cheerful Summer Picnic Folio Project Share on Youtube

To help you get a feel for all the flips, flaps and interactive elements in this sweet folio, I’ve prepared a little project share video.  I hope you enjoy!

I hope I’ve shared some tips, tricks and ideas that you can use in your own craft adventures!  If so, I’d love to hear from you in the comment section below.

Thanks for stopping by!

Cheerio,

kathy

We All Scream for Ice Cream

We All Scream for Ice Cream for RRR Sizzlin’ Summer Colors Challenge

RRRChallengeBadgeHello, Friends!  Remember this little chant from your childhood?  I scream, you scream, we all scream for ice cream! I can remember jumping rope to this little ditty, throwing it in at the end of counting for hide and seek, and shouting it while my friends and I played on the swings.  It is one of those magical phrases that takes me right back to the sunny, carefree summer days of childhood.  And since the newest challenge at Really Reasonable Ribbon is Sizzlin’ Summer Colors, I found myself grinning and reciting these playful words while making this ice cream themed card.

IcWe All Scream for Ice Cream Birthday Card by Kathy Clement Simple Stories Sunshine and Happiness for Petaloo International Summer Fun 01I combined several ribbons from the June Ribbon Club Assortment with the fresh images and sizzlin’ summer colors of Simple Stories Sunshine & Happiness paper collection.  Don’t these colors remind you of cool refreshing sherbet, Creamsicles and ice cold popsicles?  Quick, somebody bring me my flip-flops and a hula hoop!

We All Scream for Ice Cream Ice Cream Birthday Card by Kathy Clement Simple Stories Sunshine and Happiness for Petaloo International Summer Fun 02After stitching several panels of the paper onto white cardstock, I layered them up with foam dimensionals.  Then, I created a super pouftacular triple layer bow with Maize Taffeta, Tangerine Checkerboard Satin and Citrus Sheer Dots Ribbon and topped it off with a hot pink button from my stash.

We All Scream for Ice Cream Ice Cream Birthday Card by Kathy Clement Simple Stories Sunshine and Happiness for Petaloo International Summer Fun 03Blackberries are my favorite summer fruit , so I added in this totes adorbs  fuchsia flowering berry pick from Petaloo.  I curled the stems around the end of my craft pick to add some fun texture to the arrangement.

We All Scream for Ice Cream Ice Cream Birthday Card by Kathy Clement Simple Stories Sunshine and Happiness for Petaloo International Summer Fun 05

On the inside of this 5″ x7″ top fold card, I created a little pocket and decorated it with more fun ice cream elements from the paper collection.  There’s a little journaling card in the pocket so that a personal note can be added to the card.

We All Scream for Ice Cream Ice Cream Birthday Card by Kathy Clement Simple Stories Sunshine and Happiness for Petaloo International Summer Fun 04And because I was having so much fun, I decorated above the fold, too, making a little tag pocket that’s also the perfect size to hold a gift card.  I added Tangerine Cross Hatch Satin to the top of my tag, and tied it off with ivory burlap string.

We All Scream for Ice Cream Birthday Card by Kathy Clement Simple Stories Sunshine and Happiness for Petaloo International Summer Fun 06The tag is hand stamped, and the decorated with border stickers from the collection.

Be sure to stop by the Really Reasonable Ribbon BLOG where you’ll find more Sizzlin’ Summer inspiration, and the details for this challenge so you can join the party and share YOUR Sizzlin’ Summer creation with us.

Now, just for fun (and you know you want to, say it with me)

I Scream, You Scream, We All Scream for Ice Cream!

Didn’t that feel just like summer?

Thanks for stopping by!

Cheerio,

kathy

Orange Blossom Honey Gift Ensemble

Orange Blossom Honey Gift Ensemble with RRR June Citrus Ribbon Club Assortment

Hello, Friends!  It’s summer…maybe not on the calendar, but here in North Carolina, the grass is growing faster than we can cut it, flowers are blooming everywhere, afternoon heat is producing almost daily thunderstorms, and the bees are buzzing about like pollen covered dirigibles!  All this summery goodness inspired me to create a little Orange Blossom Honey gift ensemble using the inspiring ribbons from the Really Reasonable Ribbon  Citrus Ribbon Assortment.

Orange Blossom Honey Gift Ensembleby Kathy Clement for Really Reasonable Ribbon Bees Knees Creativity Kit  from Polly's Paper Studio Etsy 01Oh, how I love these glorious ribbons!   They were the perfect playmate for this honey toned “It’s the Bee’s Knees” Creativity Kit from Polly’s Paper Studio Etsy. I began by creating a 7″ wide x 5″ tall top fold card base from kraft cardstock.  After embossing it with a honeycomb folder, I sponged it lightly with Black Soot Distress Ink and spritzed it liberally with Tattered Angels Marigold Glimmer Mist.  After this was heat dried, I splattered more mist all over the card base.  Then i was ready to build my card layers.

Orange Blossom Honey Gift Ensemble by Kathy Clement for Really Reasonable Ribbon Bees Knees Creativity Kit  from Polly's Paper Studio Etsy 06I stitched paper from the collection to a scrap of burlap fabric that I had in my stash.  This was topped with a piece of Honeycomb Maize Satin Ribbon tied in a simple square knot.  The other layers were stitched onto kraft cardstock, and then I added them to the card with foam dots.  I created a belly band by layering Tangerine Cross Hatch Ribbon over Maize Diamond Satin Ribbon.  This was such a pretty combo, that I went to work tying a spectacular double loop/triple loop bow with the same ribbons.  Then I topped them with a Burlap Wild Sunflower and a vintage button from my stash.

Orange Blossom Honey Gift Ensemble by Kathy Clement for Really Reasonable Ribbon Bees Knees Creativity Kit  from Polly's Paper Studio Etsy 05Here’s a close up of the details.  Instead of tossing my little ribbon scraps, I trimmed the ends, stapled them together and glued them under the honeybee image.  I will be sure to do this again, as it’s a great way to use those little pieces of ribbon, and it looks so cute!

Orange Blossom Honey Gift Ensemble by Kathy Clement for Really Reasonable Ribbon Bees Knees Creativity Kit  from Polly's Paper Studio Etsy 03The inside of the card contains two pockets.  One holds a fun sentiment tag, while the other holds a tea bag (lemon yellow, of course!) and a Ghiradelli chocolate square.

Orange Blossom Honey Gift Ensemble by Kathy Clement for Really Reasonable Ribbon Bees Knees Creativity Kit  from Polly's Paper Studio Etsy 04Adding just a touch of honeycomb maize satin to this tag really made it cute! And I tied my honeybee charm onto the tag with just a scrap of natural burlap string.

With phase one of the Orange Blossom Honey gift ensemble completed, I could move on to phase II.

Orange Blossom Honey Gift Ensemble by Kathy Clement for Really Reasonable Ribbon Bees Knees Creativity Kit  from Polly's Paper Studio Etsy 07I was having so much fun, that I went on to create this pretty notepad holder to complete this Orange Blossom Honey gift ensemble.  I’ve made hundreds and hundreds of these over the years, and they make such a nice gift!

Orange Blossom Honey Gift Ensemble by Kathy Clement for Really Reasonable Ribbon Bees Knees Creativity Kit  from Polly's Paper Studio Etsy 10After building the chipboard notebook base, I decorated it with paper from my stash, then layered on elements from the creativity kit, more Maize Diamond Satin Ribbon, some gears, and a lovely cabochon.  Just a touch of black burlap string beneath the Petaloo Burlap Sunflower made it pop off the page.

Orange Blossom Honey Gift Ensemble by Kathy Clement for Really Reasonable Ribbon Bees Knees Creativity Kit  from Polly's Paper Studio Etsy 11The inside contains a slash pocket on the left hand side, stuffed with tags and a 4″ x 6″ post it pad on the right.  Now you’ll be happy to write down your to-do list!

I need to make up a bunch of these to have on hand for last minute gifts.  Summer is such a busy time, it’s always nice to have something on hand.

Thanks for stopping by!

Cheerio,

kathy

 

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